Software Developers Rank ALM Tools as Best to Use
An Evans Data survey shows that developers rank application lifecycle management tools as most satisfying to use, but not necessarily most important.A recent study by Evans Data, an IT industry research firm that focuses on developer issues, found that software developers rank application lifecycle management (ALM) tools as most satisfying to use while requirements management and other tools leave more to be desired. Indeed, when asked to rank various types of tools on the values of how important they are and how satisfying the tools are, software developers worldwide gave the category of application modeling tools the highest ratings for satisfaction, in the recently released Evans Data Global Development Survey. According to the survey of more than 1,400 software developers, respondents said while ALM tools are the most satisfying, they are not the most important. Debugging tools were deemed more important, as were development frameworks, but these categories did not rate as highly on the satisfaction scale. The Evans Data study indicated that, in relative terms, debugging tools are the most important tools, but developers are less satisfied with these tools than they are with application modeling tools, configuration and version control tools, and development frameworks. “We’ve been measuring both the perceived importance and satisfaction of various types of development tools for several years,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, in a statement. "This year we married the two measurements, to create a value quadrant that clearly shows what type of tools developers value and are happy with and what types show room for improvement. While there are some similarities globally, as in the case of ALMs, for other types of tools we see regional differences.”
An example of regional perceptual differences revealed in the survey is that developers in the Asia/Pacific region find performance tools to be more important than other regions, and in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region developers assign a lot of importance to static security analysis tools, but are very unsatisfied with the ones that are available.